Study: A possible solution for the "weekend effect"

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 7, 2015

A new study released in the Annals of Surgery identified the five key components to reducing the “weekend effect” or higher mortality rates associated with patients who have surgery over the weekend.

The study conducted by Loyola University from 2007-2011 found that out of 166 hospitals, 17 of those had reduced weekend effects because they five key things in common:

  • Increased nurse-to-bed ratios
  • Home health programs
  • Full electronic medical record (EMR) use
  • Inpatient physical rehabilitation
  • Pain management programs

The types of surgeries included in the survey included appendectomies, hernia repairs, and cholecystectomies.

Read the study here.